COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, OCT. 10 -- Six members of India's peace-keeping force were killed today in clashes with Tamil guerrillas, Sri Lanka's state-run television said.
The late-night bulletin gave no further details.
In New Delhi, India's state-run television said an Indian soldier and 10 members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the largest Tamil rebel group, were killed when the guerrillas attacked an Indian battalion and a paramilitary convoy this afternoon.
Four Indian soldiers were wounded when the rebels attacked the convoy with machine guns and mortars, Indian television said.
It said the afternoon attacks followed a clash in the morning between Indian troops and the rebels in which one Indian soldier was killed, the first casualty in India's peace-keeping force.
The fighting flared after Tamil rebels killed 10 Sinhalese villagers in eastern Sri Lanka and Indian soldiers arrested 100 Tamil rebels in sweeps in the north and east.
A senior military officer said Sri Lankan troops went to Mollipathana in Trincomalee district when they heard gunfire before dawn.
"We are not supposed to go out but we did not wait for orders because the whole village of about 500 families would have been massacred," said the officer, who asked not to be identified.
It was the first time the soldiers had left camp since the July 29 peace accord. They had been confined to barracks under the agreement with India aimed at ending a four-year war between Tamil rebels and the Sinhalese-dominated government.
About 11,000 Indian soldiers have been deployed to enforce the accord in both provinces, where almost 200 Sinhalese civilians were slaughtered this week in a backlash to the suicide of 13 Tamil rebels in government custody.
The incidents prompted India to launch an offensive to disarm the rebels, of whom about 200 had been rounded up in the last 48 hours, military sources said.